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Fitness is an integral part of my life, and has a huge impact on my health and happiness. Working out increases mental clarity, reduces lethargy, and keeps skin looking healthy. When I’m too busy to stay active, I notice a dip in energy and a significant increase in moodiness. One of the most effective ways I’ve found to stay motivated is mixing it up and trying different classes and activities. The only downside is how quickly expenses rack up, especially if you’re paying for a monthly membership. Even buying 10 classes to each activity can cost you hundreds of dollars a month.
The perk of living in our day and age is the ample access we have to free classes and community events. Since moving to Toronto and having my cost of living increase, it has really made all the difference.
Whether you live here or in another city, check out what free classes are available in your community. Here are 5 free community fitness events in Toronto to check out:
Lululemon Athletica is a great resource and treasure trove of free community events. Most of the classes I’ve tried are yoga classes hosted in their store or with partners like Brainstation. Lulu has recently opened a communal space above their Queen St. West store called The Attic, that hosts community-run classes, yoga classes, and resistance training classes. Most of their events are free of charge, but register early because they’re popular.
Nike has a huge community presence in the city with fitness ambassadors hosting free run clubs and resistance training through their Nike Training Club. Toronto’s Nike Loft serves as a meeting ground to gather, stretch, and pound the pavements of Downtown Toronto. Run groups and classes are extremely popular with the Toronto crowd so register a few weeks in advance.
The Academy of Lions is a boutique fitness club in the Ossington area of Toronto that offers everything from Crossfit to Gymnastics training. A former partner of Nike Training Club, they now offer their own Community Classes on Tuesdays and Thursday at 8:30PM, and Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00PM. Classes focus on cardio, form, and bodyweight training, and are suitable for any fitness level.
Another West Coast brand, YYoga partners with the Eaton Centre Lululemon to bring free community yoga classes hosted in different unique spaces around the city. Along with their Queen St. West studio space, my favourite space has been at the Sheraton Wall Centre’s Waterfall Garden. There’s something very soothing about doing yoga outdoors, and when you’re surrounding by concrete and glass, it’s nice to practice outside when you can.
If you’re a fan of the gym but want to change things up, the GreenGym on the Fred Hamilton Playground is the spot to check out. Located on Ossington and College, this outdoor gym has all the equipment you’d find in a gym, but outdoors. There’s nothing more fun than feeling like a kid again and mixing a hard workout with the fun of play.